Art faculty present summer exhibit

May 15th, 2013 Comments Off on Art faculty present summer exhibit

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The Department of Art faculty have an exhibit open through June in the Cullis Wade Depot Gallery: It’s What I Do.

Read more on MSU’s website.

Art community enjoys New Associations exhibit

January 25th, 2013 Comments Off on Art community enjoys New Associations exhibit

The reception for New Associations: Works by New Faculty in the Department of Art – Adrienne Callander, Neil Callander, Gregory Martin and Suzanne Powney was held Thursday night (Jan. 24) in the Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall.  The exhibit will stay open through Feb. 23.

Department Head of Art, Lydia Thompson (left) with the new faculty in the Department of Art at the reception for New Associations. (left to right) Suzanne Powney, Gregory Martin, Adrienne Callander and Neil Callander (photo by Megan Bean | MSU University Relations)

Lydia Thompson, Mississippi artists showcased in Ohr exhibits

December 10th, 2012 Comments Off on Lydia Thompson, Mississippi artists showcased in Ohr exhibits

Lydia Thompson in her studio.

(SUN HERALD)

Three Mississippi artists, past and present, and their works are represented in new exhibitions at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi.

The Ohr’s hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Dusti Bongé: ‘Revisiting the Legacy’; IP Casino Resort Spa Exhibitions Gallery; Through June 8

Eunice Lyle “Dusti” Swetman Bongé (1903-1993), was active from the 1930s to the early 1990s. Throughout her painting career she lived and worked in Biloxi. Her work was represented by Betty Parsons for more than 35 years, first at the Mortimer Brandt Gallery and then the Betty Parsons Gallery. Bongé was a contemporary of Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman.

The exhibition recognizes Bongé for her innovative and groundbreaking paintings of the 1950s.

In her last 25 years as an active artist, Bongé continued to explore innovative techniques.

When she was in her 80s, she completed the last of her large oil paintings and began working in watercolor on Joss paper, small squares of bamboo or rice paper used in Asian rituals for the dead. Although she created a large body of these works on Joss paper, only several hundred survived.

This exhibition is funded by IP Casino Resort Spa and R&B Feder Charitable Foundation for the Beaux-Arts.

Lydia Thompson: ‘Roots, Connections and Pathways’; Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Gallery/Gallery of African American Art; Dec. 11 through June 1

Lydia Thompson is the department head and an associate professor in the department of art at Mississippi State University. Her ceramics have been included in collections, galleries, art centers and museums around the world.

In addition to ceramic sculpture, she explores the paradox of the cotton boll — its attractiveness as a natural form and its repugnance as a symbol of a history of exploitation — in a series of diverse works in various media. Her current research investigates a variety of geographic landscapes and how natural resources affect culture and social practices in surrounding communities. Thompson’s work is a reminder of the physical process of reduction made by nature; animals and human beings create pathways that define migration patterns.

This exhibition is funded in part by the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Terry Tjader: ‘Ingrained in Wood’; Mississippi Sound Welcome Center; Through June 1

Terry Tjader of Petal frequently uses wood from trees damaged in Hurricane Katrina to create an entire collection of sculptures and vessels, a reflection of his interest in repurposing materials. Through his woodworking, he has been able to create something new and beautiful from the immense destruction left behind by the storm and from other historic trees in the Gulf South area. Tjader’s goal is to preserve trees as objects that evoke a sense of enchantment and wonder at the beauty of wood.

This exhibition is funded in part by the Mississippi Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Lydia Thomson to exhibit at Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art

November 19th, 2012 Comments Off on Lydia Thomson to exhibit at Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art

Lydia Thompson | Eastern Gardens, 2003 | Acrylic on canvas | 30″ x 24″

Lydia Thompson will have an exhibit of her work on display with the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Gallery in Biloxi from Dec. 11 though Jun 1, 2013.

The head of the Department of Art, Thompson’s exhibit is titled “Roots, Connections & Pathways” and is part of the Expanding Traditions gallery.

The work was inspired by the paradox of the cotton boll’s attractiveness as a natural form and its repugnance as a symbol of a history of exploitation.

“Roots, Connections & Pathways” includes a series of diverse works in various media.

A reception will be held on Dec. 8 from 4-6 p.m.  For more information, visit www.georgeohr.org.

Exhibit Poster

Head of the Department of Art presents solo exhibit at Delaware State

October 15th, 2012 Comments Off on Head of the Department of Art presents solo exhibit at Delaware State

Lydia Thompson’s ceramic, wood and paint work “Return 360, Nesting” is one of the pieces on display in her current exhibition in the DSU Arts Center/Gallery.

Department of Art Head Lydia Thompson will present new work in solo exhibition, Roots, Connections and Pathways, at the Arts Center/Gallery at Delaware State University in Dover, Del.

The exhibit will be held through Nov. 9 and is a 14-piece exhibition, a combination of ceramic sculptures and collage works, that reflects an examination of organic formations.

Thompson notes that the presenting artwork is also a reminder of the physical process of reduction made by nature; animals and human beings create pathways that define migration patterns.

“Agricultural objects in my work speak subtly to the notion of valued commodities, which determine also insights into one’s cultural traditions,” Thompson said.

Thompson’s current research investigates various geographic landscapes and how natural resources impact culture and social practices in the surrounding communities.

The head of the Department of Art at Mississippi State will visit the DSU campus from Oct. 16-19 and will add an onsite installation piece to the exhibition at that time.

A combination gallery discussion and reception will be held on Oct. 18, and Thompson will also present a guest lecture to DSU Department of Art students and provide some critiques of their works during her visit.

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